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Hanging Up the Superhero Cape (parenting)

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I have been off the grid. I mean…

Off.

The.

Grid.

For 3 weeks now.  I’ve been taking my advice (from blog post: The Good Thing in Going Off the Grid) and it has felt really, really good. I can breathe again. The house is picked up and my DIY projects are being knocked out!

But, I’ve missed YOU.  I’ve missed splashing around in God’s truth together and scooping it up into real-life application.

I’ve been thinking about something…

Something that I didn’t even realize was a deal for me.

Something that is unwrapping my “have-to-do-it-all” self.

Something that I tie around my neck and fly through my day enjoying the way my own “can-do-ness” waves with grand speed behind me.

In the pure spirit of confession, I wear a cape. Yes, I do. A superhero cape.

Some days, it’s pink and glittery attempting to catch the eye of strangers at Target.

Other days, it’s black and dark and Batman-ish swooping in the shadows and begrudgingly doing all the tasks around the house and for my family that mound up in huge heaps to the ceiling.

Other days, it’s waving behind me as I spin so fast through my day and I congratulate the mom in the mirror who is so capable, so strong, and so speedy.

I may not be able to “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” but I can

cook dinner,

teach bible studies,

potty train,

do the laundry,

and iron the wrinkly clothes

when I set my mind to it.

And on those days,

PRODUCTIVITY is my prize.

But, I grow tired. I’m weary of working so hard on the outside in order to bring value to my insides. You know what I mean?

So, I am learning to take off my SUPERHERO cape! Hanging it up and walking away.

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I’m learning three things about this wardrobe selection:

When I PUT ON…

my cape, my reward is to please our spouses, mothers, neighbors, bible study teacher, PTO president, children.

I can TAKE OFF…

my cape as I hold my reward to serve the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24).

colossians 3:23-24
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When I PUT ON…

my cape, my value is rooted in my own competence and efforts and smarts and organization.

I can TAKE OFF…

my cape as I accept that everything I am and anything I can do is a gift from God (2 Corinthians 3:5).

2 Corinthians 3:5
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When I PUT ON…

my cape, my motivation is to get all the credit, acclaim, and praise.

I can TAKE OFF…

my cape as I refocus on all my menial and massive tasks as for the glory of God, making Him great (1 Corinthians 10:31).

1 Corinthians 10:31
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How do we know if a superhero cape is flapping behind us? It’s as if the bat signal is illuminating the sky:

batsignal

My emotions are the tip-off. When my emotions are… well… um… CRAzy.

Hyper-sensitive,

hyper-dependent,

and a bit freak-outish!

Worry, fear, anxiety, catastrophizing are all indicators that I’m trying to be a superhero.

Philippians 4:4 says that rejoicing comes when I’m in the Lord:

holding Him as my reward,

acknowledging that all I am is because of Him,

and pursuing to make His name great.

Joy. Pure, unspeakable, cape-less

philippians 4:4

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2 thoughts on “Hanging Up the Superhero Cape (parenting)

  1. This is wonderful and so true. Love this reminder to work for the Lord rather than accolades or acknowledgement here on earth. I am certainly guilty of wearing that cape too – often without realizing I’ve even tied it on.

    1. Hello, Heidi! I just love God’s relevant truth and thankful that we are not alone in the journey to apply it. Happy Easter…He is Risen!

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